NEWPORT BEACH, CA. (THECOUNT) — Tawny Kitaen, who starred in movies, TV and music videos, has died in Orange County, California. She was 59.
The Orange County coroner’s office, which listed her as Tawny Finley, said that Kitaen passed away at her home in Newport Beach on Friday morning.
A cause of death was not provided.
According to Variety:
Kitaen’s first introduction to the rock world came in 1983 when she appeared on the cover of back-to-back albums by heavy metal band RATT, including the band’s self-titled 1983 debut and the triple-platinum “Out of the Cellar, in 1984. Kitaen was dating RATT guitarist Robbin Crosby at the time.
Kitaen appeared in RATT’s “Back for More” music video and later became the video vixen best known for her appearance in Whitesnake’s 1987 smash “Here I Go Again,” where she displayed her talent for auto acrobatics. “Still of the Night,” “Is This Love” and “The Deeper the Love” also featured Kitaen, who was briefly married to Whitesnake’s lead singer, David Coverdale, from 1989 to 1991.
Acting roles followed, most notably portraying Tom Hanks’ girlfriend in the 1984 comedy romp “Bachelor Party.” She had additional roles in and “Witchboard,” “White Hot” and “Dead Tides” and also appeared in a Seinfeld episode, “The One With The Nose Job.”
In more recent years, Kitaen participated in several reality shows, including “The Surreal Life,” “Botched” and a season of VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” the latter of which filmed in 2008.
Kitaen had long struggled with substance abuse, as she revealed on “Celebrity Rehab,” and had several run-ins with the law, including a charge for cocaine possession in 2006 and driving under the influence in 2009.
Kitaen was married to baseball player Chuck Finley from 1997 to 2002. They had two daughters together.
Kitaen tweeted at the end of April saying she was, “not feeling good.”
She’sssss back! Not feeling good, is like totally not feeling good! I’ve missed you guys. so much. I swear you keep me sane #thankyouforbeingyou #thankyouforhangingintherewithme #whathaveyoubeenupto ?? pic.twitter.com/mpwMENWle4
— Tawny Kitaen (@Tawny_Kitaen) April 29, 2021
Geo quick facts: Newport Beach, a coastal city in southern California, is known for its large, boat-filled harbor. Balboa Peninsula has 2 piers, Newport Beach Pier and Balboa Pier, plus the Balboa Fun Zone, an old-school amusement park with a Ferris wheel and ocean views. Local beaches include the Wedge, known for its big waves, and Corona del Mar State Beach. The Orange County Museum of Art exhibits modern and contemporary works – wikipedia.